Following the LXVI BMX Invitational presented by Vans at the 50th ECSC Beach Festival in Virginia Beach, X Games gold medalist and BMX pro Scotty Cranmer left the contest and headed straight for the hospital to check in on fellow BMX pro Brett "Mad Dog" Banasiewciz.
Banasiewciz, 17, crashed during practice at the contest in Virginia on Thursday, and remains sedated, in stable condition. "He is making great progress --still resting and healing. Positive things are happening and more will come," said Cranmer on Saturday.
Bill Banasiewciz, Brett's father, who traveled to Virginia Beach from South Bend, Ind. after receiving news about the fall, also updated Brett's condition on Saturday night. "He is responding and reacting to the nurses touch of his arms, legs, feet, hands, and turning his head and seems to be responding to peoples voices in the room," said Banasiewicz.
"They are keeping him sedated so he can rest as much as possible," he added.
Brett's mother, Lisa Banasiewicz remains confident for a full recovery. After a visit from a neurosurgeon, she was informed that a full recovery looks very promising. "Brett will be in a sedative state for the next few days. His brain needs to heal. We are praying that he opens his eyes today and then we will rejoice and pray for another milestone," said Banasiewciz.
Last weekend, Banasiewicz secured his first overall Dew Cup win in BMX Park at the Dew Tour Pantech Beach Championships in Ocean City, Md. Following the win, Banasiewicz, a resident of South Bend, Ind., remained on the East Coast, traveling to Greenville, N.C., before attending the Vans competition in Virginia Beach.
Banasiewicz was enjoying healthy success in contests in 2012, with park and dirt wins at the FISE Experience in Montpellier, France; a second place finish at Simple Session in Talinn, Estonia; and a fourth-place finish just off the podium in BMX Park at X Games Los Angeles 2012.